Are you spending too much money on clothes each month?

The average monthly clothes budgets are in

So a while back I did a little Instagram survey to discover if I was spending a normal amount of money on clothes each month. I find with being a blogger you’re always on the hunt for the latest trends. And when you see those trends…you want them ALL! I know, 21st-century struggs, right? So I was super curious to see if everyone else’s shopping habits were on par with mine. Read on to discover if you’re due a whole new wardrobe, or maybe it’s finally time to cut up that credit card…



The breakdown

So I asked my Instagram followers how much they were spending on clothes each month and I got the following results:

  • 29% are spending £50 or less each month
  • 41% are spending £50-£100 each month
  • 32.5% are spending £100-£200 each month
  • 17.5% are spending £200+ each month

I did think most people were spending around £100 a month before I put the survey together anyway. But I really don’t reckon £100 is overdoing it! It’s roughly what, a pair of shoes and maybe 2 tops? I’d say that’s a pretty average amount to spend! I suppose it does all come down to income and where you actually shop though.

Some month’s I’m all about quality and I might treat myself to some new Zara boots. But other month’s I find myself eyeing up about 20 items from e-commerce sites.


My shopping habits

I used to pretty much live in my gym clothes when I wasn’t wearing my old work uniform. But now I work in an environment where I can pretty much wear what I want. And a lot of marketing/PR agencies are like this now! But this means I’m wearing and washing my clothes a lot more than I ever have done before. Which means I’m wanting to buy more clothes than I ever have done before! Yes, Primark may seem like a bargain a time, but it doesn’t exactly wash well does it? Cue the weird fluffy bobbly bits on my favourite pussy bow dress…

I’ve been super tight the last couple of months with myself moving house and paying my car insurance off in whole among other things. Which unfortunately has meant no online shopping for Luce! As well as forcing myself to stay well away from Zara and Topshop. But normally, I break down my salary and give myself a ‘blog allowance’. So basically any clothes, make-up, and any other costs for my blog I might have to pay that month. This basically helps me keep my spending under wraps.


Shopping as a blogger

Like I’ve already mentioned, when you happen to be a fashion blogger, you also want to own every trend going! But in reality, most bloggers aren’t spending that much money on clothes, because well, they just can’t afford it!

Us bloggers know how to be pretty clever with our gram’s to make it look like we’ve got it all. But in reality, unless items are gifted, we’ve paid for all that ourselves. But at the end of the day though, I still want to have a life and go places and do things, as much as I want 3 pairs of new boots for an upcoming fashion shoot. So I find being a blogger is all about prioritizing and balance.


My shopping tips and tricks!

If you’re a big fan of shopping online like me, you’ll know there’s always a huge range of offers and discounts you can take advantage of! Missguided and Pretty Little Thing are always offering amazing discounts. So make sure to take advantage of them!

Plus always sign up for the newsletters! Pretty Little Thing sent me a 25% off code a few days ago. And considering how all their items are already good value for money anyway, I’ll definitely be able to get my mitts on a bargain now!

I also find it super helpful to write a list of the items you actually need each month and then budget for them.


Luce’s Lookbooks

As you can probably gather, I am literally the bargain queen! And over the past couple of month’s I’ve been putting together some lookbooks that won’t see you emptying your bank account. Check them out below and cut down your monthly spending!

Click here to read my January Berksha lookbook

Click here to read my February LOTD lookbook



Do you reckon you have good shopping habits? Do you have any tips and tricks? Please let me know in the comments!



My LOTD lookbook

Spotlight on Look Of The Day: the new affordable online fashion brand

Do you love fashion but hate emptying your bank account at the same time? Well, you’re gonna love this brand! I only ever shop e-commerce (think Missguided and PLT), when they’ve got a good discount code on. So I literally stalk their sites every day for good discounts so I can eventually get items I’ve been eyeing up, by parting with the least possible cash obvs! But LOTD has constant amazing discounts, especially if you’re a student or follow them on social media. Read on to find out more about the brand and check out my LOTD wishlist…


A bit about the brand

If you didn’t already know #LOTD is actually a well-known hashtag on Instagram, especially in the blogger world! So I reckon naming your brand after a well-known hashtag is pretty epic. LOTD is a go-to brand for getting all the fashion trends you’ve been liking Instagram, quickly hung up and straight into your wardrobe. But like I’ve already said, this brand offers seriously good discounts too! So if you need a quick clothes fix right before payday, this is the place to go to get a bargain delivered straight to your door.

They have everything from going out dresses, comfy casuals, to on-trend tops that are suitable for the office. And petty much everything other than coats and jackets is under £20! They’ve already teamed up with big names and influencers such as Louise Thompson. So I’m expecting big things from LOTD in 2018!

I’ve already purchased the mustard bodycon dress above, which I got my mitts on for just £7. As well as the black chunky boots below, which I paid just £14 for! Check out my LOTD lookbook below.



My LOTD lookbook

My favourite trends this season are monochrome and spring brights (click here to read the post) and Look of the Day are seriously channeling those trends right now. Below are all my fave new season picks which I’ll no doubt be treating myself to on payday! Gal’s gotta have something to get her through the month, right?

Colour block chevron top – £12

Polka-dot blouse – £15

Black tassel top – £15

Black and white stripe blouse – £15

Mustard fur coat – £50

Black and white stripe skirt – £12

Black fringe ankle boots – £12

Green high neck popper dress – £15


Have you purchased anything from LOTD before? What do you think of the brand? Please let me know in the comments!

How to style pops of colour this season

Styling monochrome with spring brights

I’ve always been of them girls who’ve just lived for #AllBlackEverything. But with Spring on its way, it’s about time I put my black jumpers and black skinnies to one side and inject some much needed colour into my wardrobe! Read on to find out my outfit details and how I styled the look…




Spring Brights

Spring brights have become my favourite trend this season so far. This winter feels like its dragging on forever. Like can it please stop snowing in Sheffield already?!! So I felt like I desperately needed to inject some colour into my wardrobe. However, I didn’t want to shy away from my usual style too much, as the colour black has a special space in my heart. So styling monochrome with pops of colour seemed like a good compromise.

Yellow, blue and red are my favourite colours to wear at the moment. And I think in this look, shotting them all together just seemed to work. I also took inspiration from new brand LOTD when styling this look. I’ll be putting together a post on the brand next week, with all my new season favourite items, so keep your eyes peeled for that! (Click here to view last month’s picks from Bershka) 

Knits for Spring

Knits aren’t just for winter! A cardigan is a good alternative to a coat when spring temperatures kick in. However, try to avoid knits in darker colours! Look for knits in shades of mustard, red and blue to brighten up your look.

Bargain accessories

I don’t like spending a lot of money on accessories. Because I’m always switching up my style, I feel like each outfit needs a bag or a hat to complete the look. I’ve purchased a whole heap bags and accessories from  Primark and Newlook lately. I just try to keep my accessories under £10 to justify buying them so often!

The blue beret is my latest style at just £4 from Primark. I know I’ll probably get bored of the beret in a month or so, so I don’t feel so guilty about spending just £4!


Shop the look

Black and White Striped top – Topshop £36

Dark Blue Denim skirt With a Belt Buckle (SOLD OUT) Similar – Topshop £30

Mustard boyfriend Fit Cardigan – Boohoo £22

Black platform boots – LOTD £20

Suede Red Bag – New Look £9.99

Blue Beret – £4 Primark


What do you think of the spring brights trend? What are your favourite pieces from my look? Please let me know in the comments!


*All these images were shot by Matt McCormick in Leeds. I highly recommend Yorkshire bloggers to book him for a shoot! Click here to check out his work! 

My £8.60 DIY Date dress

Date night just got a whole lot cheaper!

So my perfect date night dress basically consists of a bodycon with sleeves, preferable midi length, that also shows zero chest (See the dress below!) So basically just something that’s super flattering without being revealing! So when I stumbled across this bodycon dress from Look of the Day for just £7, I knew I had to get my mitts on it! However, I stupidly ignored the product picture and stumbled across one major problem…


The original dress from LOTD

Before I start, I’d like to say I’m not at all slating the brand! I think the brand is so on trend and super affordable. And they’re also really interactive on social media, which is lovely! Plus I’ve got other pieces I’ve recently purchased that I’m a little bit in love with. (More to come on that!)

But after trying this dress on, I was a little bit disappointed. As you can see, the style of the dress is supposed to have gaps between the buttons, however, these jus gaps made me feel super self-conscious! The dress had enough material to cover the buttons. However, due to how they’ve been placed, the material just wouldn’t line up! I know, really annoying right? And as I loved the high neck style and the amazing mustard colour, (mustard is MY colour!), I decided to get my DIY on…

The solution


After a quick browse on Amazon, I picked up this fabric glue for just £1.60! And using the glue couldn’t be easier:

  1. Lay your garment out flat.
  2. Place something in between the layers of fabric, I used some card (Top tip from my friend!)
  3. Add the glue slowly, wiping the excess away with water.
  4. Hold down for five minutes to set.
  5. Leave for 30 minutes to dry.
  6. Iron over the garment at a temperature subtle for the fabric.
  7. Voila…New date dress!

For the perfect date night look for £8.60 you’ll need:

Buy the Fabric Glue for £1.60 from Amazon

Buy the high necked ribbed popper dress for £7 from LOTD 


Have you altered your clothes before? Have you ever used fabric glue? Please let me know in the comments!



Dressing against the norm — what does it say about you?*

From eccentric socks to dressing against our gendered expectations, many people push the limits of social norms when it comes to fashion. Research has shown that non-conformists can be viewed as being of a higher status and more competent than those who follow the rules of fashion. We take a look at what different clothing says about the wearer…


Against gendered expectations

The line is becoming increasingly blurred between male and female clothing. Many people are speaking up, opposing the ideas that men and women should be dressed according to their sex. But, are you presenting yourself in a different way when you dress against the gendered expectations?

Although fashionistas are saying that they don’t agree with gender rules, some research suggests that we’re still stuck in our old ways. Psychologists in New Jersey found that attitudes towards gender stereotypes hadn’t changed much between 1983 and 2014.

There is an argument that shows that it’s favourable for women to cross the gender barrier but perhaps not men. Back in 1990, it was found that — despite the sex of the applicant – if the clothing that they wore was more masculine, they were more likely to be hired. When men dressed in pink however (a colour commonly associated with females), they were seen as less intelligent than women who were wearing the same colour.

Eccentric wear

Another way of going against the grain when it comes to style it through eccentric clothing. When we think of outrageous outfits we may think of people with brightly coloured hair, patterned clothing and over the top jewellery. But, there are other ways to express freedom through dress.

For example, people who wear unconventional socks are viewed as being rebellious and expressive. One of these people is Justin Trudeau, the current Prime Minister of Canada, who shows off his fun side by wearing funky socks with a traditional suit. You can make your own subtle ‘eccentric’ changes through patterned socks by CT shirts, online retailers of men’s formal shirts and accessories. Or make yourself stand out from the crowd through bright scarves and other extras.

By dressing against the norms, studies have shown that you build a brand of being ‘gutsy’. And in fact, people have the potential to see you as more brilliant, creative and successful. One study, published in 2014, found that those who go against conformity can be viewed as of a higher status than those who don’t. They were also considered to be more competent — potentially influencing the impression that they give off in the workplace.

Not only does it affect people’s perceptions of you but it can also affect the way you think, feel and act — this is through ‘embodied cognition’. Since eccentric dress gives you greater potential to express your individuality, it’s possible that it can make you feel more confident and comfortable in different situations. This could then go on to improve your performance at work or in challenges where you want to push yourself.

Against the dress code

In some situations, for a job interview perhaps, it can be argued that dressing in accordance with expectations is the best thing to do.

Under some circumstances, we think that people with extraordinary appearances are more successful.

Men who wear smart, fitted suits as they are often expected to wear in a formal situation, were perceived as being more confident, successful and thought to be earning a higher wage. This was compared to men who weren’t dressed as smartly — in a loosely fitted suit.

In one study that looked at the effects of clothing, it was found that senior managers were rated less favourably if they were dressed more ‘provocative’. This was a skirt slightly above the knee and one button on the blouse undone. It’s clear to see that it is important to consider our dress style carefully as people can make many assumptions without any evidence.

In some environments, wearing your set uniform can improve your productivity. Research found that in a lab, those who were wearing lab coats felt smarter and went on to perform better!

As we can see, dressing against societies expectations can have many effects on the opinion of others and your own performance. Although it’s important to express yourself through dress, you don’t want to hinder your work or your impression on others in formal situations. Wear a pair of crazy socks underneath your day-to-day outfit instead…

*Please note this post features sponsored content


Spotlight on Bershka

The fashion brand to watch this year

I’ve only recently stumbled across Bershka towards the end of last year. Have you not heard of the brand either? Well despite opening doors in 1998, after a quick google search, I realised the brand is completely lacking in stores up north! The Oxford Street store is a dream, so if anyone from the Bershka marketing team stumbles across this, please please please open up a store for us northern gals (and guys)!



Bershka for everyday style

Bershka is like Zara’s slightly edgier little sister. Like Zara, all the clothes are really affordable and wearable. With the odd statement piece thrown in, for when us gal’s are feeling a bit extra. They do anything from statement knitwear, night out dresses, to cute skirts and accessories. You can pick up a jumper, skirt and boots for roughly around £50. What’s not to love?

Now let’s talk about this fringed sleeve sweater

I picked this fringed sleeve sweater up for £12 in the sale. However, it’s now been reduced even more to £7.99 in the sale! I know what a steal, right? There were similar styles in Zara for roughly double the price, so the bargain hunter in me couldn’t believe my luck! It’s so snuggly and warm. And the quality is so good considering the price.

I styled the sweater with my New Look Baker Boy,New look Scarf, Primark statement bag and Topshop leopard print boots.


My Bershka wishlist 

Add some pastels to your spring wardrobe with the new season Bershka collection. All of these items are under £20! You can thank me later gals.

Faux suede A line skirt £15.99  Frilled bodysuit in black £15.99 

Printed gathered T-shirt £9.99   Baseball cap in nude £5.99

Have you bought clothing from Bershka? What do you think of the brand? Let me know in the comments!

The borg biker jacket

You just have to have this new season item

I’m a big lover of everything cream, teddy bear, borg and all things faux fur. And if you have me on Instagram, you’ll always see me styling these things into my looks. So when I saw this Topshop borg biker, I knew I just HAD to have it! These images were taken on an absolutely miserable day in Sheff’, so I apologise for the image quality! Read on see to see how I styled the Topshop Borg Biker Jacket



My outfit of the day

Like I said I love love love this jacket! The jacket is so soft, it practically feels like you’re wearing a dressing gown. It’s going to be so perfect for spring too! I’ll be styling it with florals and pastels.

This top is listed as a dress on Zara, but I’m not entirely sure that’s a fair description! I’m only 5ft3 and as you can see, it sits roughly mid-thigh. It’s not really clear in the images, but the top has a lovely pussy buy detail. I have a few pussy bow tops and dresses now and I just think the style is super feminine! I love leopard print during winter too. I’m not talking rocking head to toe leopard, but just accessories or one element of your look. To see my AMAZING leopard print boots, click here! 

Lastly, let’s talk about that bag. It’s what my mother would describe as ‘snazzy’. I love Primark bags, they’re so cheap but so stylish at the same time! It’s got a statement shape, it’s got this season’s pearl embellishment, it’s embroidered…what’s not to love?

You can shop my look below:


Outfit details

Jacket – £59 Topshop. (Sold out, but here’s one similar!)

Jeans – £40 Joni coated Topshop

Top/tunic – £29.99 Zara 

Boots – £55 River Island

Bag – £8 Primark (click to view the Primark bag range!)


What do you think of my look? Are you loving borg too? Let me know in the comments!

CaseApp giveaway

So I thought I’d just do a quick post to explain my giveaway with! (Click here to view my first range!) So I’ve created some more designs which I’m absolutely loving. So in collaboration with Case App, I’m giving one lucky person the chance to get their mitts on one!



How to enter

So if you fancy winning the design above. Or even have a go at designing your own custom phone case, click this link!

Go get designing

Don’t you think custom phone cases make the perfect special Christmas present? Or why not TREAT YO SELF with your own custom designed accessory? Use code LIFE20 now to get 20% the entire Case App range!


Terms and Conditions

1. Entrants must have liked the Instagram image, and be following my Instagram account at the time of the draw.

2. An Entrant will be chosen by a random online generator.

3. The Giveaway will close and be announced on 24th December 2017.



Good luck guys! If you have any questions or want some more info on Case App, why not leave a comment below.

Leather and knits

Following up from my previous styling leather post (click here to view!), here is a much more edgier look. Well for me anyway! Also apologies for the quality of the images, shooting at twilight off a samsung wasn’t the smartest idea…Who knew?




This is my favourite look of two, as it’s just so different from anything i’d normally wear! Being as self conscious as I am about my legs, leather trousers are a massively brave choice for myself. But after wearing a £500 Gestuz pair for a previous shoot ,which were literally more than my rent, (see them here and here!) I was soooo desperate to get my mitts on a pair myself! But obviously at a fraction of that price, and preferable not from a cow. These pair were an absolute bargain for £15 from New Look. Although there was a new season promotion on, and I used student discount. Being 5ft3 and a size 6, the struggle is real to find a pair that actually fit, and are flattering! The fitting is slightly too big on my waist/stomach though, but I find New Look’s sizing tends to be on the larger side anyway.

The jumper is from Topshop, and was £42. And I’m absolutely obsessed with it! Nothing says winter like statement knitwear. And in an monochrome loose fitting, it’s still formal enough for the office. I also styling this jumper with black skinny jeans and over the knee boots I worn in my previous shoot. 

And let’s not forgot about those leopard boots! They were on the pricey side at £75, and also from Topshop. But they’re just beaut aren’t they? They also cut off at the perfect point, so my 5ft3 legs look a little bit longer. I also love styling them with #allblackeverything, just so the boots make a real statement.

What do you think of the leather trend this season? let me know in the comments!

Leather with a girly edge

Leather is EVERYWHERE this season, but sometimes it can be difficult to style leather as part of your casual wardrobe. I’ve put two looks together, which are super casual, but are very different at the same time. So first, here is my ‘girly’ leather look.



The top is from Missguided at £25. And the boots are also from Missguided too, at £45. However, Missguided have had some amazing deals on lately, so I ended grabbing the items for a lot less! I’m so obsessed with the top! It’s so much different from anything I own, and I especially love the puffy sleeves and gathered neck detailing. It’s a little bit see through though. So I’ll be working it into my work wardrobe, by just laying it over a little white vest.

The boots are actually the exact same as the ones I bought a few seasons ago, apart from being in suede as oppose to leather. But sometimes when you find great versatile items, it’s worth repurchasing.

The skirt is from Zara at £25.99, and it’s just the perfect autumn/winter skirt thanks to the burgundy detail. It has an amazing fit thanks to the gathered waist, and can easily be dressed up or down. I really love the patch-work fabric detail. It just makes the skirt a little bit more unique compared to other leather skirts on the high-street.


Are you loving leather as much as me this season? Let me know in the comments!